Imagine walking through an orchard or a flowering field to the absence of the comforting sounds of honey bees. These bees that effectively and painlessly pollinate crops and fruit trees are taken for granted. Until the day the parasitic varroa mite comes to Australia and ravage most, if not all, of the feral honey bee population and lay waste to commercial apiaries.
In Hazel Hill, south of Manjimup a small company has become one of the biggest producers of truffles in the southern hemisphere. Susan Kirk reports
The knobbly, deformed shape of the sweet potato is about to become a thing of the past with disease free rootstock producing beautiful compact potatoes that are easier to prepare and handle. Susan Kirk talks to research scientist Eric Coleman.
Susan Kirk investigates the new tropical fruits that could become Queensland icons, thanks to the growing efforts of a number of native food producers
Anti cancer potential; lowers cholesterol; protects and maintains a healthy heart; substantiated claims like these could change the way food companies develop and market their food products. Susan Kirk investigates some of the new functional foods and the benefits to human health
Anti-oxidants or anthocyanins are prominent in purple foods. It seems like there is always a new fruit that beats the last in levels of anti-oxidants. Recent research has put some of our Australian fruits and berries in a leading position.
In some suburban Brisbane backyards and, some remnant coastal forests, lives a rainforest tree, another to hit the headlines as a functional commodity, called Backhousia citriodora or Lemon Scented Myrtle.
Oh fork, it’s so nice to savour the cool weather culinary delights. Or, thank god I donâ€™t have to gnaw my way through another piece of carrot in another lettuce-laden feast.